Past Perfect is a Heritage Management agency that provides archival services to institutions, organisations and private families who are proud of their legacy and value it as a source of inspiration for future generations. Apart from building collections and setting up archives, Past Perfect also provides documentation, oral-history and research services.
Cataloguing and Research
The Willingdon Sports Club, established in 1917, is one of India's oldest and most prestigious clubs, that boasts of a long list of eminent personalities as members. Past Perfect has helped the Club in documenting its archival collection which includes Minute Books, correspondence and files from 1935 to 2014. In addition, Past Perfect is providing curatorial services for the club's centenary volume by undertaking a study of minutes, dossiers and other filed records. We have conducted oral history interviews with eminent members to capture the undocumented history which supplements our primary research.
Collection Management and Cataloguing
Sarmaya Arts is a private collection covering a range of genres such as photographs, maps, engravings, coins, tribal and contemporary art. Past Perfect has provided documentation and cataloguing of more than 2500 pieces of art and antiquities. In addition, Past Perfect has also provided content for Sarmaya Arts webpage and online museum.
The UniDEL Group traces its history to the early 1900s as Rasiklal Maneklal & Company, a leading stock broking and investments firm of its time. In 1973, the group established a presence in the engineering and technology business. Since 2007, UniDEL has morphed into an early stage venture incubator, building new age technology ideas into flourishing businesses.
Past Perfect is helping the UniDEL Group in the following
• Tracing documents in public repositories regarding the family’s legacy
• Research into DNA of innovation of business ventures
• Setting up of the private family archive
Research and Analysis
Past Perfect has provided research assistance to Phantom Films, a media production house, for an upcoming period-based web-series. The project saw us investigate specific aspects from Bombay’s history and culminated into a nifty compilation based on original archival material and first-hand accounts.
Research for Publication
Past Perfect has assisted Roli Books in carrying out research for a few book projects across various repositories of Mumbai. The process followed by Past Perfect for these projects involved going through indexes and catalogues across a number of repositories and libraries, filtering through the material based on the subject of research and then sourcing, procuring and sending the same to Roli Books Pvt Ltd.
Past Perfect is setting up an archive for the Bajaj Family by tracing their legacy right from Jamnalal Bajaj up to the generation that handles the business today. Currently, Past Perfect's role in this project includes designing the system of archiving and retrieval of material in the archive, planning and providing archival storage solutions for the material, conducting various oral history interviews to cover all facets and aspects of the Bajaj family and ensuring optimum utility of the archive whenever required. Apart from laying the foundation of an archive using various archival processes, the Past Perfect team also undertakes external sourcing, research and analysis of the material as well as content development for any initiative that is made or centres around the legacy of the family.